Vikings’ Everson Griffen ‘getting the care he needs’ after crisis at home

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The Minnesota Vikings said defensive end Everson Griffen was receiving care and left his home on Wednesday afternoon when the pro bowler called law enforcement that morning, claiming someone was in his residence and trying to kill him. Had been.

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“Law enforcement agencies have informed us that Everson Griffen has left his home without incident and is now receiving the care he needs,” Read the statement of the Vikings. “We are grateful to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnetrista Police Department, and the Orono Police Department for their prompt response and dedication to ending the situation peacefully. Our focus is on providing Everson’s health and safety. Lives on. Fair resources for him and his family.”

The Minnetrista Public Safety Department said it received a 911 call from Griffen at 3 a.m. saying a man was inside his home and needed help from law enforcement. Griffin told the 911 dispatcher that he had fired a weapon and that no one inside the house was injured.

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In an Instagram post that was later deleted, Griffen posted that he was in his house and someone was “trying to pop me.” He described his gun, saying that it was registered with him and that he “bought all my bullets around town.”

The Vikings said Wednesday that they sent mental health professionals from the team to Griffen’s home, and they were working with police.

Griffen, 33, took leave from Minnesota in 2018 to treat mental health issues. He spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings, then split time between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in 2020 before signing a deal with the Minnesota after training camp. The four-time pro bowler has 85.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in his career.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked during their news conference on Wednesday if Griffen would play against the 49ers on Sunday. “No, it’s not really our concern right now. It’s really about him,” he said.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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